Our executive director Todd Janes joined Natalie Loveless from the University of Alberta (who helped organize the performance by Marilyn Arsem this sunday at the gallery) on Alberta Primetime this week—discussing the scandal at ACAD over Gord Ferguson and one of his students.
An ACAD student’s performance art piece in which a live chicken was beheaded sparked outrage and disgust across Alberta. Was the student wrong to kill an animal for art? Should art be bound by ethical considerations? Where should Albertaâs artists draw the line?
We’re joined in the studio by Natalie Loveless, from the University of Alberta, and Todd Janes, from Latitude 53.
Happily, while they were in the studio for this interview, ACAD was preparing to announce Ferguson’s reinstatement.
Calgary artist Jason de Haan, shortlisted from the Prairies and the North region for the Sobey prize this year, just opened a show at SAAG in Lethbridge. Among the new and old works are a couple that he showed here at Latitude 53 last fall. Read the review from Canadian Art.
De Haan will be back in Edmonton for the Alberta Biennial 2013 at the AGA this January–May, showing collaborative work with Miruna Dragan alongside 34 other artists from around the province.
Just ahead of the upcoming provincial election, PACE will be hosting a forum with representatives from the major political parties on their vision for the arts in Alberta:
Have a heart-to-heart chat with Alberta election candidates about their parties’ visions for arts, culture and heritage in our province.
PACE is organizing an Arts Forum for this Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Room at the Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Avenue.
Bring your arts, culture and heritage questions with notebooks and pencils to the Prince of Wales Armouries this Friday. Tell all your professional artist and arts supporters friends to come, too. Let’s impress upon all these candidates how important arts, culture and heritage is to all Albertans.
Party representatives confirmed so far:
Alberta Liberals – Laurie Blakeman
Alberta NDP – Nadine Bailey
Alberta Party – John Hudson
PC Alberta – Heather Klimchuk
Wildrose Party – TBA
See the full details at paceedmonton.com or join the Facebook event.
Prefix Photo magazine is looking to feature work from Western Canadian artists in an upcoming issue. They sent us this call for submissions:
Exhibit P: Photography and Media Art from the Prairies
The western interior is not simply W.O. Mitchell’s “basic requirements of land and sky,” the kettle lakes and bluffs of Gabrielle Roy’s water-hen country, or the remote forests and mountains of Ralph Connor’s Mounted Police – it is all three and more. – Gerald Friesen
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is seeking submissions from photo, film, video and digital artists at all stages of their careers for feature coverage in an upcoming issue of Prefix Photo magazine. To be considered for inclusion, an artist must be a current resident of Manitoba, Saskatchewan or Alberta, or a native of the Canadian Prairies residing elsewhere. Consideration will also be given to any artist whose work explicitly addresses the subject of the Prairies.
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What are you doing for lunch today? If you head on down to the Legislature grounds, you can catch the kick off for this year’s Alberta Arts Days campaign. The days themselves don’t arrive until September, but at the Legislature bandshell today there will be entertainment, free Fat Franks and probably some speeches, from 12–1:00.
Wood Works is now accepting nominations for the November awards gala.
It’s application season: not only for artist-run centres like us, but for everything. The Banff Centre sent us an email yesterday about their current work-study programs which are open for application now.